Day 4: Favorite Books

By Monday, September 24, 2012 ,

This week has started on a rather busy note and falling ill on a Monday morning does not help. But I somehow managed to survive. Also, I am loving the Fall season, its my favorite of all. Days are a little hot and nights get comfortably cold. 

Today's post is about my favorite books. I used to read a lot of books in my school days. We had a very rich library and I made sure I exploited it to full extent. I remember reading Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and Sidney Sheldon. I think I have almost read all of their books. But then as I grew older I discovered several new authors that were never kept in our school libraries (Well, for obvious reasons). I started reading Paulo Coelho, Daniel Steele, Greg Iles and numerous other authors.
Also, I want to hug the guy who first thought of ebooks. There are so much better than paper books ! Firstly, you don't have to wait for the books to be released here in India and then they are also easier to carry. Whenever I am reading a book, I keep one copy of it in my laptop and one in my phone and I am good to go. If you have a touch screen phone with a widescreen then I really recommend ebooks.

Some of my favorite books from all times : 
(I am only discussing the main plot of books, because in case you decide to read it, I wouldn't want to ruin it for you)

1. Veronika Decides to Die
I have read almost all the books written by Paulo Coelho but this one still stands as my favorite one. His book Alchemist might have sold more, but according to me, this is the best book written by Mr Coelho so far.
Its about a girl who always did what other expected her to do. She was a perfect daughter, a perfect student, a perfect girl..but still she wasn't happy. Because in her eyes, she had failed. Of all the years in her life she never did anything she wanted to do. And so she decided to die. She does not obviously die so easily, that's what the book is all about. It is definitely worth one read and I can promise you it will change the way you look at life.

2.Dead Sleep  

This is a suspense thriller by Greg Iles. The best suspense thriller I have ever read. This one is about two twin sisters Jordan and Jane. When Jane vanishes one day from her home and isn't found anywhere she is presumed dead. But the story takes a new turn when her twin Jordan finds a painting of her sister in a Hong Kong museum. From there, she begins a quest to find her sister. The book is very fast paced and you almost feel like you are watching a Hollywood movie. The twist and turns always keep you gripped.

3.Agatha Christie - Seven Dials Mystery

I can very proudly say I have read all the books by Agatha Christie and this remains my favorite.
A lavish party is hosted in a huge mansion where some friends of a guy decide to play a prank on him and place seven clocks in his bedroom. With the same alarm time set in all of them. Sadly, when the seven dials ring at seven o'clock next morning, the guy is found dead. A very interesting story line, keeps you guessing till the very end. I tried so hard but still could not figure out the killer until the last few pages.


This book by Jane Austen probably needs no introduction. It was morphed into a hindi movie too, which I refuse to talk about. I literally wanted to kill Sonam Kapoor for insulting such a great book.

This book is about a young strong willed girl Emma Woodhouse, who believes she is always right and makes sure people know that. A girl waiting to fall hopelessly in love but is still unable to find it. I am not really into love stories but this with its comic verses made sure I read it till the very end

5.Confession of a Shopaholic

This series has about 5 books all written by Sophie Kinsella. It's about a girl Rebecca Bloomwood who has a thing for fashion and shopping. Or rather, she is addicted to shopping. She has about twenty five credit cards, with an extra five ones kept safely in case of an emergency (Read : Chanel dress at discount)
A very funny, peppy, fast paced set of books. When I read the first one I just couldn't stop and I read the next four in 2 days !

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  1. De Taali.. while I cant claim to have read the last two, I agree with each and every word of the 'Veronika decides to die' paragraph.. I always place it above The Alchemist. ( proof : )

    Try the works of Jeffrey Deaver, John Kellermen, Harlan Coben : If you like Greg Iles, you ought to enjoy their series of thrillers. For much darker yet more soulful stuff, try John Conolly

    1. I am jotting everything down ! Its been almost two years since I last read a thriller. I think its time to get back to the addiction

    2. Jeffrey Deaver is the author what later became the movie "The Bone Collector" with Denzel Washington as a paraplegic and Angelina Jolie as his sidekick. Thats one of the slower 'Lincoln Rhyme' novels.. there are atleast half a dozen, if not more.. all worth it in terms of kahaani mein twists.

      James Patterson for quick 3 page chapter based thrillers.. all named after nursery rhymes :s

      Harlen Coben will give you some good humour with the storyline.

      John Kellermen is the serious 'find the psychopath' story...

      John Conolly - well, you can feel the violins in the background playing a sad song constantly as the hero goes around chasing his and others inner demons

    3. My god, they all sound sooo interesting !
      I am going to read ALL of them :D

  2. Quite an informative post and a good list of books Ritika :)
    I'm particularly interested in 'The seven dials mystery'. Will check that out :D
    Keep posting :)



    1. Yeah, its pretty awesome Jay ! Definitely worth a read.
      I have linked it to flipkart already, in case you are interested :)

  3. Dead Sleep... look forward to read this and Agatha Christie's this one!
    Veronica Decides to Die... Will check this out too!

    1. Definitely Shilpa ! You won't be disappointed :)

  4. I just saw, I was so sleepy last night I wrote 'boom' instead and book and 'dead' instead of read :P :P